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Reservation issue: PM to consult political parties

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 18: In a bid to find a solution to the issue of reservation for OBCs in the institutions of higher learning, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will start the process of consultations with political parties from Monday.

The Group of Ministers, constituted for the purpose, will also solicit the view of political parties to work out a formula, Congress Spokesman Rajeev Shukla told reporters here today.

A solution to the contentious issue is being hammered out, he said, adding the idea is to see to it that general category students are not put to any disadvantage while giving benefit of reservation to the OBCs.

Denying the suggestion that the whole exercise was aimed at delaying the implementation of the already passed law, Mr Shukla said there was no time frame for the GoM to give its report, but it would submit its report at the earliest. The GoM might talk to anybody in this connection, Mr Shukla added.

Asked whether creamy layer would get the benefit of reservation, he said it was for the GoM to decide. About whether ordinance would be issued or a fresh Bill passed, he said it would be decided after the GoM came out with its report.


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